Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gobble has value (when used correctly)

Jimmy Gobble will be back next season and it's up to Trey Hillman to realize what he has in the southpaw - used correctly Gobble is capable of being a key part of the bullpen. He is of course a LOOGY. Now I know there are those who argue that with only twenty-five man rosters it's pure folly to use one on a pitcher who can only get out left handed batters, I disagree. True Gobble does only one thing but he does it really well.

VS LHB's
Year PA's AVG/OBP/SLG OPS BB SO
2007 127 .241/.325/.398 .724 13 40
2008 69 .200/.246/.323 .569 3 18

It's an indictment of Hillman's managerial skills that Gobble had an 8.81 ERA last season. He had absolutely no business facing any right handed hitter.

VS RHB's
Year PA's AVG/OBP/SLG OPS BB SO
2007 106 .319/.377/.532 .909 10 10
2008 89 .382/.517/.676 1.193 19 9

And yet he did, in fact faced 20 more righties that lefties. And they all turned into Albert Pujols when Gobble pitched to them (correlation does equal causation, in this case anyway). It will be Trey's decision only on how Gobble is used and in effect how he performs. I know we should always be careful what we infer from statistical analysis but this is so blatantly obvious even those with stat allergies (you know who you are) should be able to figure out what's going to happen when Gobble pitches to a right handed batter.

Jimmy Gobble has value but whether or not that value is maximized will be one of the things to watch for in the 2009 season.

7 comments:

Mel said...

So you would be ok if he pitched 25 innings in 75 games? Seems kinda silly and waste of money.

Jeff said...

Would I be upset if Gobble came in, did his job ,and then left the game? Uh not even a little.

Antonio. said...

If those 25 hitters were named Morneau, Mauer, Sizemore, Thome, Span, Granderson among many, many others, I can't see how it would be silly or a waste. I'd have to call it a good thing if those guys above combined with others to hit .200

Antonio. said...

According to top100baseballsites.com, we're number 204. Which isn't bad considering all of the blogs out there, but the thing that I really like is I went through until I found Royally Speaking and from what I could tell, we're the second best Royals blog after In Dayton We Trust.

Anonymous said...

I still think he is on the outside looking in...do a 25 man roster prediction...tell me where he make the team? who does he beat out?

schaum

Dr Thunder said...

Congratulations on the 204 ranking!

The #1 blog is an NFL site. Weird.

Jeff said...

If those 25 hitters were named Morneau, Mauer, Sizemore, Thome, Span, Granderson among many, many others, I can't see how it would be silly or a waste.

In 2007 those hitters combined to go 3/24 (.125) against Gobble and in 2008 went 3/14 (.214). Thats a .157 avg for 5 big ALC bats against Gobble, yeah I'll take that.